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38 ST | May 2018 www.sea-technology.com Equipment for New Zealand Navy Training Boat-handling technology from Vestdavit is playing a central role in The Royal New Zealand Navy's drive to operate realistic working environments (RWE) at its new Devonport Naval Base training facility, Auckland. RWE uses "like for like" equipment installed on board Navy ships, working within a controlled training environment. The new center includes a purpose-built, land-side facility housing a replica inshore patrol vessel, plus an innovative Seamanship Training Aids Facility Pontoon (STA). The STA is kitted out with a range of equipment de- signed to allow new trainees to develop their seamanship skills in boat handling, rope work, anchoring, berthing and towing through repetition. ONR Awards for 2018 Young Investigator Program The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced awards of $16 million through its 2018 Young Investiga- tor Program (YIP). The awards were made to 31 scientists whose research holds strong promise across a wide range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. Typical grants are $510,000 over a three-year period. The YIP is a highly competitive process, rewarding the achievements made by young faculty members. This year's candidates were selected among more than 340 highly qualified applicants based on past performance, technical merit, potential for scientific breakthrough and long-term uni- versity commitment. All are college and university fac- ulty who have obtained tenure-track positions within the past five years. Mooring Buoys for US Arctic Study DeepWater Buoyancy's StableMoor mooring buoys have been chosen to support the Stratified Ocean Dy- namics of the Arctic (SODA) initiative headed by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The buoys were cus- tom-designed and built to specifications provided by the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab and the University of New Hampshire. These buoys will support instrumentation that will map the underside of sea ice in support of the research project. GE Propulsion for Chilean Navy Antarctic Vessel GE's Marine Solutions was chosen by ASMAR Ship- yards to provide the complete scope of an integrated marine propulsion system for the Chilean Navy's new Antarctic icebreaking polar-class vessel. It will replace the retired icebreaker to continue the Navy's Antarctic expedition for search and rescue missions, scientific research, logistic support and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory. The 110-m-long vessel will have GE's full marine pro- pulsion system to power and propel the vessel, including diesel electric propulsion, GE's International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Tier 3-compliant diesel engine, a complete propulsion shaft line and propeller, a tunnel thruster, SeaLyte Dynamic Positioning (DP) and vessel automation system. The vessel has received Lloyd's Register PC 5 po- lar-class notation, reflecting the strong icebreaking capa- bility of the vessel. With an installed power of 14.5 MW, it will be capable of breaking 1 m of ice at 3 kt. Naval Group Acquisition Plan For Future French Frigates Naval Group has started to select the first equipment suppliers for the five future intermediate-size frigates (FTI) intended for the French Ministry of Defence. The first of these frigates will be delivered to the French Navy in 2023. Naval Group has chosen the suppliers: Axima for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sys- tems; CNIM for sonar hatches and torpedo hatches; iX- blue for navigation units and their computers; Leonardo for 76-mm medium-caliber artillery systems; MBDA for integration and services relating to missile-firing installa- tions; MTU for large diesel engines; Safran Electronics & Defense for the optronic identification system incorpo- rating the very long range of the PASEO XLR (eXtra Long Range) sight; and Thales for the sonar suite, electronic warfare suite, IFF (identification, friend or foe) and the communications system. ST navy currents geospectrum.ca | sales@geospectrum.ca GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc Optimizing Underwater Acoustics Modular, All-in-One Design Multi-Mission Capability Cost-Effective Compact Anti-Submarine Warfare Capability Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar

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